The future of Mexican cinema

The future of Mexican cinema

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Mexico is one of the most vibrant places on Earth and it's no surprise that the films coming out of there are making a big splash.

Friend of the show, Alejandro Edda drops some serious knowledge on his homeland's recent cinematic renaissance thanks in part to Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.

What's the next Mexican film on your list to watch? Let us know in the comments below!

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This 'Underworld: Blood Wars' trailer literally looks like every other 'Underworld'

This 'Underworld: Blood Wars' trailer literally looks like every other 'Underworld'
Credit: Sony Pictures

At this point, as a non-fan, I kinda feel like if you've seen one Underworld movie you've essentially seen them all. Which is not to denigrate those who enjoy them! (Psst, I never have.) Clearly, I am simply incapable of penetrating the steely blue fantasy world created by Len Wiseman that has brought joy to untold millions of others.

Yes, there is a fifth movie coming out, and yes, it looks exactly like all the others. There's Kate Beckinsale, still somehow 25, still in black latex, still crouching on the edges of buildings. And of course, slo-mo -- lots of slo-mo -- and good-looking British people being forced to say things like "I will be more powerful than any other vampire in this coven" with straight faces, and guns! So many guns. Everything is still blue.

At this point, every adult moviegoer knows where they stand on the Underworld franchise, and this first full trailer for the fifth installment Blood Wars is obviously designed only to appeal to fans, casual or otherwise. To that end, I'm sure it is very effective in selling this movie. For the rest of us, probably a pass.

I would be remiss not to mention that Underworld: Blood Wars is the first in the series to be directed by a woman: Anna Foester, a visual effects artist who has a longstanding collaboration with Roland Emmerich. That's a pretty big step forward for a franchise that otherwise feels stuck in the past, and for that reason at least, I applaud them.

Underworld: Blood Wars is slated for release on January 6.

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The Star Wars comic could be hiding the plot to Han Solo’s prequel in plain sight

Just spit ballin' here.
Star Wars countdown - Sana/Han Solo
Credit: Lucasfilm

Earlier this week, Variety broke the news that Lucasfilm is currently testing for a lead actress in the Han Solo spin-off. According to the trade, Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, and Zoe Kravitz have all auditioned for the role. In case you aren’t keeping track, none of those actresses are white. As the untitled Han Solo project is a prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler, fans familiar with Marvel’s Star Wars comics series immediately deduced the female lead could be Sana Solo (née Starros).

You know, Han Solo’s wife.

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'Phantasm' director Don Coscarelli on the 'blessing and curse' of his cult horror series

With J.J. Abrams' help, Coscarelli's 1979 classic has been given a new lease on life
'Phantasm' director Don Coscarelli on the 'blessing and curse' of his cult horror series
Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for AFI

Though he was just 25 years old when Phantasm hit theaters, many don't know that the cult 1979 horror film was actually director Don Coscarelli's third movie. In fact, at the age of 19, he became the youngest director ever to have a film distributed by a major studio (a statistic that's often been alleged but which I cannot independently confirm) when Universal acquired his teen drama Jim, the World's Greatest for distribution.

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‘The Girl on the Train’ setting changed from England to New York: Here’s why

A jump across the pond for the book-to-film adaptation
‘The Girl on the Train’ setting changed from England to New York: Here’s why
Credit: Riverhead Books; Universal Pictures

When page-turner thriller The Girl on the Train became a massive hit last year, readers were transported to England, riding on the commuter train each day with Rachel into London and back into the suburbs.

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‘Girl on the Train’ screenwriter turns defiant when producers ask her to make a character ‘more likable’

Emily Blunt plays broken and boozy Rachel in the hit novel-based thriller
‘Girl on the Train’ screenwriter turns defiant when producers ask her to make a character ‘more likable’
Credit: Universal Pictures

The Girl on the Train shows us Emily Blunt as we’ve never seen her before.

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'The Monster,' the new film from director of 'The Strangers,' just got a great trailer

'The Monster,' the new film from director of 'The Strangers,' just got a great trailer
Credit: A24

A lot of people really enjoyed Bryan Bertino's 2008 home-invasion horror film The Strangers, a very pretty, decently suspenseful thrill ride that felt a little empty at its core. After that movie became a hit, Bertino went oddly quiet for awhile before reemerging six years later with Mockingbird, a found footage horror movie that went straight to Blu-ray and VOD -- a rather strange turn of events for a filmmaker whose debut made such a splash in theaters.

Though Mockingbird felt like something of a career misfire, I think you may be hearing a lot more about The Monster, which like The Strangers benefits from a simple, easy-to-market premise -- mother and daughter (Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine) stranded on a deserted road must fend off a terrifying beast -- and a very, very good trailer:

The Monster looks like equal parts Cujo and Pumpkinhead, and Bertino is lucky to have A24 -- the distributor behind such recent indie horror successes as Green Room and The Witch -- in his corner, because they've proven time and again that they know how to handle these kinds of releases. My only gripe with the trailer is that it gives away what appears to be a major jump scare around the 1:35 mark, which is unfortunate given that it looks like a whopper of a fright. Regardless, I'm looking forward to this one.

The Monster hits limited theaters and VOD on November 11. If you have a DirecTV subscription, it's already available to watch there.

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‘Enchanted’ sequel ‘Disenchanted’ finds a director, eyes summer 2017 production start

‘Enchanted’ sequel ‘Disenchanted’ finds a director, eyes summer 2017 production start
Credit: Disney

It looks like Disney will indeed give us another movie poking fun at itself all the while celebrating its animated films à la the sly parody of The Princess Bride. Things are finally moving forward on the sequel to 2007’s Enchanted.

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‘Valerian’ photos are exactly the right amount of sci-fi crazy you’d expect

Yes. Good.
Valerian Poster

There’s not enough bonkers science-fiction these days. We’re living in the Golden Age of Geek, with sci-fi and fantasy permeating pop culture, and yet there is very little in the way of decadent space opera pulp. Jupiter Ascending made of a go it. So did John Carter, and don’t get me started on how Disney dropped the ball there. Star Wars is close, but somehow being ubiquitous and beloved dilutes any remaining camp. Luckily, is why Luc Besson exists.

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Professor X looks like death warmed over in 'Logan'

You can almost hear the death rattle.
Charles Xavier
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Yesterday, fans of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine got their first look at what the franchise-favorite mutant will look like in his third solo outing. The poster for Logan didn’t show much, but the accompanying tweets from director James Mangold sure did.

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